Travelling with cash

Overview

If you enter or leave the European Union (EU) at an Irish airport or port carrying cash of €10,000 or more, you must make a declaration to customs. Customs may check this declaration and the cash to ensure that the amount declared is correct. You may request a stamped copy of the completed declaration from customs.

Note

From 1 January 2021 the United Kingdom (UK) is no longer a member of the EU. If you travel to or from the UK, including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, carrying cash of €10,000 or more, you must make a declaration to customs. You do not have to make a declaration if you are travelling to or from Northern Ireland. 

Cash includes:

  • currency (banknotes and coins)
  • cheques of any kind (including travellers' cheques)
  • money orders and promissory notes.

You must make this declaration in order to comply with European and national legislation and to deter illegal activities such as money laundering.

A customs officer may search for, seize and detain cash being brought into or out of the State if:

  • the amount is €1,000 or more
  • and
  • the officer has reasonable grounds to believe that the cash directly or indirectly represents the proceeds of crime or is intended for use in criminal conduct.

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